Anna Porter

Writer-in-Residence; Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


Anna Porter has been one of Canada’s most respected book publishers for 30 years. She was co-founder of Key Porter Books, a leading book publishing house, with a wide-ranging and varied list that includes such authors as: Farley Mowat, Allan Fotheringham, Howard Engel, Joan Barfoot, Fred Bruemmer, Norman Jewison, Hume Cronyn, George Jonas, Margaret Atwood, Jean Chretien, Sylvia Fraser, Modris Eksteins, Dennis Lee, John Keegan, Martin Gilbert, Irving Abella, Harry Bruce, Josef Skvorecky, Italo Calvino, William Trevor, Freeman Patterson, Conrad Black, and many others. She sold her interest in the company in 2004 to H.B. Fenn Limited. Well known in the publishing world, she was a regular at international book fairs.
Anna Porter has written three novels: Hidden Agenda, Mortal Sins, and Bookfair Murders. All have been published in several editions and languages throughout the world. Bookfair Murders was made into a feature film. Her non-fiction books are The Storyteller: A Memoir of Secrets, Magic and Lies, Kasztner¹s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, winner of the 2007 Writers¹ Trust Non-Fiction Award and of the Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction and The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys through Central Europe¹s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future. It was awarded the 2011 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing.

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